Yesterday was the day to break up the ice around our sewer and get rid of a fast developing lake that gathers in front of our house like clockwork at this time of the year. It gets so bad I can’t even get in or out of my vehicle without traipsing through a couple of inches of water. I’ve noticed a few lakes on some streets over the last couple of days and I didn’t want the front of our house looking like that.
We have a big solid steel pole in our shed that is perfect for this job. I have no idea what it is, what it’s used for, or even what it’s called, but in this case it’s perfect for smashing ice. I only use that darn pole to break up ice every winter.
So, I slipped into my boots, put on a pair of gloves, and went outside to do battle with a few inches of ice. It wasn’t long before I heard the distinct sound of my steel pole connecting with the steel grate. I smashed around for a while longer just to expose enough of the grate to allow the water to drain away. The water was gathering where I was chipping away at the ice, but it wasn’t draining.
So, I went inside and grabbed a heavy duty screwdriver and started to unplug the holes on the grate itself. The ice must have been really packed in those holes because it took a few minutes just to unclog enough of them to get the water to drain, but eventually my work paid off. A peek out the front window about 15 minutes later confirmed that. The water was all gone!
At least I wouldn’t have to worry about renting a canoe to get to my vehicle anymore.